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Fire-gazing folklore: A guide seeing through the flames

CLAIRE BARRAND tells us about the folklore of fire-gazing

Piano-playing phantom shocks Padstow tourists

Guest writer MARY BRAZIL reveals how a holiday haunting in Padstow, Cornwall, has never left her memory...

Caeser’s Nightclub Most Haunted REVIEW

CHRISTINE MILLER looks back on Most Haunted: Caeser's Nightclub

The Clock House Most Haunted REVIEW

CHRISTINE MILLER looks back on Most Haunted: The Clock House

Charnock Hall Most Haunted REVIEW

CHRISTINE MILLER looks back on Most Haunted: Charnock Hall in Preston, Lancashire

England’s 9 most puzzling ghost photos that can’t be explained

RICK HALE takes a look at some of the most unexplainable English paranormal photographs

Gravestones and Ghosts at George and Dragon Pub, Shipley

George and Dragon Pub in Shipley, West Sussex, is full of tales of fear, hate, suicide and hauntings, says guest writer PETULA MITCHELL

Pete the Poltergeist plays havoc with Cardiff shop

Pete the Poltergeist threatened the sanity of small business owners in Cardiff, says RICK HALE

South Shields Poltergeist, ‘a supernatural intelligence’

The South Shield Poltergeist remains one of England’s most frightening paranormal manifestations, says RICK HALE….

Ghostly convicts lurk within Wormwood Scrubs Prison

HMP Wormwood Scrubs is a Victorian-built prison with many tales of supernatural hauntings within its walls, says PATSY SORENTI

Treasure Holt, Essex: Most Haunted REVIEW

CHRISTINE MILLER looks back on Most Haunted: Treasure Holt

Sheridan Le Fanu’s Ireland: 11 historic places to visit

Walk the life and story locations of legendary Irish horror and ghost story writer Sheridan Le Fanu, thanks to this guide from ANN MASSEY

5 scariest Grey Lady ghosts that’ll give you the shivers!

Grey lady ghosts are known throughout the British Isles. RICK HALE presents five of the most intriguing ones...

Memory (2019), new documentary essential viewing for any Alien fan

LORCAN MAGUIRE reviews Memory, a new film delving into what made Alien (1979) a classic of the sci-fi horror genre

Three Crowns Hotel, Dartmoor, and its Cavalier Ghost

The Three Crowns Hotel in Devon is a charming haunted house in Devon, the perfect place for a spooky stay, says RICK HALE

The Overcrowded Afterlife

Crunching bones saves grave space, so DAVID SAUNDERSON discovered digging up his family tree. (The Spooky Isles' Guest Blog for The Skull Illusion.)

Cornwall: Top 5 Haunted Places to Visit

KEITH COLEMAN lists some of the most mysterious places to visit in haunted Cornwall

5 Haunted Places to Visit in Manchester

Here are five places to visit in Haunted Manchester if you are looking for ghosts, according to ELLIOT DAVIES


Discover the folklore of United Kingdom and Ireland

Spiders and Superstitions

RHEA SEREN PHILLIPS ponders the superstitions surrounding spiders!

Alp-Luachra, flesh-burrowing fairies

JON KANEKO-JAMES tells us about some gross fairies who'll literally get under your skin

13 things you didn’t know about Black Cats and Superstition

ANN MASSEY reveals some strange and wonderful superstitions surrounding black cats through the centuries...

Strange History

5 Goriest Scenes from Elizabethan Theatre

Guest writer JON KANEKO-JAMES lists his top 5 goriest scenes from Elizabethan Theatre

Professor Pepper's Ghost

Smoke and mirrors showmanship brought ghosts to the Victorian stage, says ANDREW GARVEY

Doing time in The Clink, a guide to the original London Gaol

The Clink in London is so old, the medieval gaol is now another word for prison.

Grace O'Malley, the Pirate Queen of Ireland

ANN MASSEY O’REGAN explains why being Ireland’s most feared and successful pirate was not a job for the faint hearted – or a man

The Slaughter of Sacrist Downie

DR FIONA-JANE BROWN tells how an 19th Century school prank gone wrong still disturbs Aberdeen to this day ...

The Wizard of Gordonstoun

Guest writer JOHNNY MARTIN looks at the legend of The Wizard of Gordonstoun, the man who made a pact with the Devil!

UFOs & Aliens

Unearthly force tests Cold War allies over 1950s Suffolk

The Bentwaters-Lakenheath Incident saw a UFO appear to US and Royal Airforce personnel over England in 1956, RICK HALE reports...

5 Unexplained UFO sightings in London

RICK HALE delves through the archives to discover 5 Unexplained UFO sightings in London

Was the terrifying Bat Beast of Kent really an Alien UFO?

Tthe Bat Beast, scared many in Kent during the 1960s. It may have been an alien, says RICK HALE

Berwyn Mountains UFO Crash, Britain’s Area 51

Berwyn Mountains in Wales was central to a 1970s UFO coverup, similar to the Area 51 conspiracy, says RICK HALE

Horror & Supernatural Films

Grabbers 2012 REVIEW

ANDREW GARVEY reviews "immensely fun" Irish-British horror/sci-fi comedy Grabbers

Vampires don’t chat! Why Christopher Lee doesn't speak in Dracula Prince of Darkness

Guest writer WILLIAM STEWART ponders the lack of dialogue for the King of Vampires in Dracula Prince of Darkness

The Making of Harry Potter Studio Tour REVIEW

SARAH BLAIR-DICKINSON takes a tour through the Harry Potter Studios in Watford, North London

Stitches (2012) REVIEW

PAUL MOYNIHAN reviews Irish horror hit Stitches (2012)

Bram Stoker’s Dracula 1992 – Things you didn’t know

KAYLEIGH MARIE EDWARDS shares some fun facts about Bram Stoker's Dracula 1992

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Hammer House of Horror: Guardian of the Abyss (Episode 10)

ANDREW GARVEY reviews Guardian of the Abyss , the 10th episode in Hammer House of Horror TV Series

Ghostwatch, the birth of paranormal reality TV

Ghostwatch terrified 10-year-old MJ STEEL COLLINS back in 1992. She now looks back on the groundbreaking paranormal TV special.

The House that Bled to Death (Hammer House of Horror Episode 5)

ANDREW GARVEY reviews The House that Bled to Death, the fifth episode in Hammer House of Horror TV Series

Enzo Cilenti interview: 'Childermass is a Yorkshire Jedi'

ANDREW GARVEY speaks to Enzo Cilenti about playing Childermass in Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell and his upcoming role in Jekyll and Hyde

Hammer House of Horror: Growing Pains (Episode 4)

ANDREW GARVEY reviews Growing Pains, the third episode in Hammer House of Horror Television Series

Thriller Episode Guide (1973-76) – classic 1970s anthology series

RICHARD PHILLIPS-JONES introduces us to Brian Clemens' classic, spine tingling 1970's anthology series with his Thriller Episode Guide

Most Haunted

Is Most Haunted fake, real or somewhere in between?

Some call Most Haunted fake - guest writer FIONA GLASS takes a look at controversial paranormal TV programme, loved and hated in equal quantities...

Derek Acorah: 7 strange things about the TV psychic you didn’t know

Here are some interesting things you may not know about the Merseyside-born psychic, Derek Acorah

Pendle Hill Special Most Haunted Live Halloween 2004 REVIEW

BARRY McCANN looks back on Pendle Hill Special Most Haunted Live Halloween 2004

Most Haunted: Stockport Workhouse REVIEW

BECKY KEANE looks back on Most Haunted: Stockport Workhouse

Spotlight on Ireland
This month we're focusing on the hauntings and folklore of Ireland!

13 spooky things you didn’t know about County Wicklow, Ireland

CHRIS RUSH tells us 13 spooky things about his native County Wicklow, Ireland

5 reasons to thank Ireland for Halloween

ANN MASSEY O'REGAN says you can thank the Irish for all your Halloween fun!

Lord Dufferin and his Moonlit Vision

NIA JONES recounts the chilling tale of Lord Dufferin and his Moonlit Vision